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Sylhet International Cricket Stadium, Bangladesh

SICS (Sylhet International Cricket Stadium) Bangladesh

Ground Introduction

SICS is an international Cricket Stadium which is located in the scenic and hilly area of Sylhet, Bangladesh. Previously it was known as the Sylhet divisional Stadium and Sylhet Stadium was its other name. Moreover, it’s the only stadium of Bangladesh which is surrounded by hills and has a green gallery. The venue hosted its first International Match on March 17, 2014, between Ireland and Zimbabwe.

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Brief

Stadium NameSylhet International Cricket Stadium (SICS)
Previous NameSylhet Divisional Stadium
LocationSylhet, Bangladesh
Established on2007
Capacity18500
OperatorNational Sports Council
TenantsSylhet Strikers, Sylhet Division Cricket Team, Bangladesh National Cricket Team
Home TeamSylhet Division
Flood LightsPresent From 2013
End NamesRunner End, UCB End
Stadium Details

History of the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium 

SICS was established in 2007 for the purpose of divisional level Matches. However, later it was promoted as the International Cricket Stadium. In addition, it holds the seating capacity of 18,500 Spectators. After the 1st test Match in 2018, it became the 8th venue of Bangladesh for Test Matches. Whereas the home team was defeated by Zimbabwe with 151 runs. Since then, no Test Match has been played in this venue for 5 years. However, after 5 years in November 2023, the ground hosted its 2nd test Match between Bangladesh and New Zealand.

The first international Match was played in the venue on October 1 between Bangladesh and Thailand during the Women’s T20 Asia Cup 2022. 

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium

Expansion and Refurbishment of the Stadium

In 2013, the venue was renovated and expanded for hosting the ICC World T20 2014. During the refurbishment, the Media Center and the main Pavilion building (which was absent before) were Built. In addition, floodlights were also installed along with the increase in seating capacity of the onlookers. However, the major thing was the construction of a green gallery in the venue.

The 2nd time, Stadium was refurbished for the purpose of upgrading to international level in 2017. In this renovation, a 2nd tier was built in the eastern part of Stadium with the increase in capacity for seating by 5000. After this renovation, the ground hosted Bangladesh Premier League’s first Edition 2017’s Matches.

Stadium Stats

CategoryPHTND/N/T1st MatchLast Match
Test10100November 3, 2018
ODIs76001December 14, 2018March 23, 2023
T20Is102260March 17, 2014July 16, 2023
Stadium Statistics

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium Records

  • In 2014, during the ICC World T20 Qualifying round, Ireland and Netherlands faced each other. Later the Netherlands defeated Ireland by 37 runs which was the fastest for any team in T20Is chasing by 180 runs.
  • In Test Cricket, Taijul Islam took the 10 Wicket haul and became the 4th Bangladeshi Player to do so.
  • During the Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh March 2020, Bangladesh won the 1st ODI by a huge margin of 169 runs. In addition, Mashrafe Mortaza took the 700th wicket of his Career. During the 2nd ODI, Tamim Iqbal completed his 7,000 ODI runs and became the first Bangladeshi Player to do so. Later in the 3rd ODI, Tamim Iqbal and Litton Das made the highest partnership for any wicket of Bangladesh with 292 runs. Furthermore, Liton scored the highest individual score for Bangladesh in ODIs.

International Matches in the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium 

International Information

1st Test InternationalNovember 3-6, 2018 (BAN vs ZIM)
Last TestNovember 28 to December 2, 2023 (BAN vs NZ)
1st ODIDecember 14, 2018 (BAN vs WI)
Last ODIMarch 23, 2023 (BAN vs IRE)
1st T20IMarch 17, 2014 (IRE vs ZIM)
Last T20IJuly 16, 2023 ( BAN vs AFG)
First WT20IMarch 23, 2014 (AUS vs NZ)
Last WT20IOctober 15, 2022 ( IND vs SL)
International Details

International Centuries in Sylhet International Cricket Stadium

The 1st Century in the venue was scored by Shai Hope in the 1st Match of West Indies tour of Bangladesh 2018. However, the first Bangladeshi Player to score a century in the venue was Liton Das during the Zimbabwe tour of Bangladesh in 2020. Whereas the 1st Women’s T20I century was made by Meg Lanning of the Australia Cricket team. Moreover, the 1st under-19 ODI Century was scored by Najmul Hossain Shanto of Bangladesh Cricket team.

Sylhet International Cricket Stadium
Sylhet International Cricket Stadium

Test International-Stats

SICS hosted its first test in 2018 whereas it is hosting its 2nd test in November 2023 which is a series of Test Between Bangladesh and New Zealand.

Total No. of Matches1
Average 1st inning score282
Average 2nd inning score143
Average 3rd inning score181
Average 4th inning score169
Highest chased score0/0 in 0 overs 
Lowest defended score169/10 in 63.1 overs by Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe
Highest score recorded 282/10 in 117.3 overs by Zimbabwe Vs Bangladesh
Lowest recorded score143/10 in 51 overs by Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe
Test Stats

ODI-Stats

The venue hosted its first ODI Match in 2018 between Bangladesh and West Indies. Until now 7 One day International Matches were played in the Stadium. Whereas the last ODI was played between Bangladesh and Ireland in March 2023.

Total No. of Matches7
Average first inning score278
Average Second inning score191
Matches won by batting first4
Matches won by bowling first2
Highest chased score202/2 in 38.3 overs by Bangladesh Vs West Indies
Lowest defended score322/8 in 50 overs by Bangladesh Vs Zimbabwe
Highest recorded score349/6 in 50 overs by Bangladesh Vs Ireland 
Lowest recorded score101/10 in 28.1 overa by Ireland vs Bangladesh 
ODI Stats

T20I-Stats

Zimbabwe and Ireland were the first ones to play a T20 Match at the SICS in March 2017. Until now a total of 48 T20 Matches were played here. The last T20I match was played here between Bangladesh and Afghanistan in July 2023.

Total No. of Matches48
Average first inning score129
Average 2nd inning score103
Matches won by batting first28
Matches won by bowling first20
Highest chased score193/4 in 13.5 overs by Netherlands Vs Ireland 
Lowest defended score83/5 in 18.1 overs by SLW vs BANW
Highest recorded score210/4 in 20 overs by Sri Lanka Vs Bangladesh 
Lowest recorded score33/10 in 9.5 overs by MLYW vs SLW
T20I Stats

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